sabi sabi ranger gallery: wim vorster
Wim was born a nature enthusiast with a particular love for snakes and reptiles. After finishing school he went straight into a career of conservation, studying for his diploma in Nature Conservation at the Tshwane University of Technology. Forming part of this diploma is in-service training which Wim completed in the Natal midlands, Timbavati area and the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa.
Wim decided to further his education by completing his B-tech degree in Nature conservation. He was intrigued by the secretive brown hyaena and studied this animal on a small reserve north of Pretoria as part of his course. After completing his degree Wim started his working career at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve as a game ranger.
During his stay at the reserve he completed his Field Guide Association of Southern Africa's (FGASA) level 1,2 and 3 qualifications. But Wim still had more exploring to do. He wanted to experience different biomes and ecosystems in Africa and so spread his wings and accepted the position of Safari Manager at a reserve in Kwazulu Natal.
Then a management position in Botswana caught his eye and it wasn't long before he went to explore the flood plains of the Okavango Delta. Not one to stop studying, Wim joined a small nature reserve just outside Pretoria, there to finish his master's degree in Nature Conservation.
Upon completion of his masters he noticed the Safari Manager position opening up at a lodge that lies close to his heart, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. Wim was welcomed back to Sabi Sabi at the beginning of 2011 and is now indeed the lodge Safari Manager.
He has a wealth of knowledge and is always ready and eager to both teach and learn about wildlife.
Photography is a growing interest, and his abilities in this field improve with every lodge, reserve and protected area he visits. He radiates passion when it comes to wildlife and photography and his knowledge and enthusiasm for both is contagious to any budding wildlife photographer who visits the lodge.